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lingerie for different body types

One of the best things about lingerie is that it can instantly highlight your favorite parts of your body, whether it’s your hips, legs, cleavage or derriere. Of course, women come in a wide array of shapes and sizes, and therefore, the same undergarments don’t necessarily work for everyone.

The key to finding lingerie you feel confident in lies in first pinpointing which assets you want to show off, and then identifying garments that are cut to do just that. Luckily for you, this guide should help lead you to the unmentionables that were made for figures like yours.

Small bust

lingerie for my body type

Parfait Casey Plunge Molded Bra 2801 in Black, Nude, Navy Blue, Java, Panther Print

Real talk: A push-up bra isn’t your only option if you’re small-breasted. Sure, they’ll add some instant volume up top if that’s what you’re going for. But if you aren’t necessarily looking to dramatically boost your cleavage, try a skin-baring plunge bra, which will create the illusion of more volume up top in a subtler way, or a bralette, to show off your bust. You can also draw the eye toward your bottom with a hipster in a vibrant color or a bikini panty in a playful print.

Large bust

lingerie for body type

Parfait Marion Contour Padded Bra P5391 in Lapis Blue | Parfait Lydie Contour Padded Bra P5441 in Silver Blue | Parfait Sandrine Plunge Molded Bra P5351 in French Blue

Well-endowed women are likely seeking out lingerie that offers adequate support up top, but that doesn’t mean their lingerie can’t be sultry. Look for a molded bra, which helps with shaping while keeping breasts in place, and opt for one in a fun color or with beautiful accents, of course. A padded bra with three-part cups in a striking floral bouquet lace is stunning to look at, but will also make you feel secure. If you’d like to show off your assets up top, a demi cup bra is a solid choice because it still offers moderate coverage and stellar support while offering a peek of cleavage. And if you’re trying to achieve some balance with a smaller lower body, then go for a simple bra in a solid color and a printed panty.


best lingerie for your body

Parfait Sandrine Plunge Molded Bra P5351 | Parfait Sandrine Brazilian Thong P5354 in Cameo Rose

Do you have a straight silhouette? The right lingerie can play up your shape or amp things up in that department. A bustier or longline bra paired with a Brazilian thong, for example, is a clever combination to do precisely that. A boyshort, bikini or brief with ruffles will also help to create the illusion of curves by adding volume around your hips and can be paired with a push-up bra to balance things out up top or a bralette to show off your shape.

Pear shaped

lingerie for pear shaped body

Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 in Wild Pink, Red/Black, Purple Wine, Icy Blue, Floral Shimmer, Dusty Rose, Bronze

If you’re smaller around the bust and waist and curvier around your hips, thighs and behind, you may be aiming to look more proportionate between top and bottom. A babydoll with a loose, flowy skirt and eye-catching lace detail around the bust will play down your lower body while putting your decolletage on display, drawing the focus to your upper body. A chemise with a flared bottom is also a phenomenal choice for women with broad shoulders who want to balance out their figures. You can’t go wrong with a padded bra in a bold hue with attention-grabbing detailing, either, in terms of leading the focus up top.


lingerie for your body type

Parfait Sandrine Plunge Molded Bra P5351 | Parfait Sandrine Brazilian Thong P5354 in French Blue

With curves galore on both top and bottom, the name of the game is to let your hourglass shape shine. A corset or bustier will do the trick, of course, but a longline bra is a nice alternative. This style extends down the top of your torso a bit more, showcasing a small waist. A flirty hipster or retro high-waist panty, meanwhile, will highlight your hips, further accentuating your hourglass figure.

What’s the most important factor in selecting lingerie? That you feel irresistible in it. Now that you’ve been filled in on which undergarments are designed for which body types, hopefully, you’re prepared to pick out pieces that accomplish that.

Related: How To Define Your Lingerie Style

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Parfait Charlotte Padded Bra 6901 | Parfait Charlotte Bikini 6905 in Bronze
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Rebecca Strong

Rebecca is a Boston-based freelance writer who focuses on style, fitness, food, and travel. She has contributed to such publications as HuffPost, Elite Daily and U.S. News & World Report. When she's not writing, she can be found at home or in the studio working on the songs for her upcoming album. Her favorite bra is a black demi-cup style with all-over-lace — timeless and feminine.

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